Off The Recordby Mike Farragher
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“My brother sends me melodies all the time,” O’Grady says. “The song ‘La Dee Da’ was a melody he wrote after listening to Van Morrison --he’s hugely influenced by him. He influenced me, too.
“I was asked to do a jazz version of ‘Too Ra Loo Ra’ and I didn’t want to do it because I thought it was a corny song. Then I heard Morrison’s version and decided to do it because Van made it sound so cool.”
“La Dee Da” is one example of the delicious musical dialogue that breaks out throughout the album between O’Grady and the saxophone riffs played by Michael Hashim.
This concept was obviously fraught with risk. What if nothing interesting happens on the day the band picked? “You start to see all of the little things that are so inspiring," Brian Buchanan recounts of the writing experience.
"Everything from the front page through to the personal stories that fill the obituaries, you realize there are so many stories going on every day. There's so much more than the talking heads on television or the headlines themselves.”
Take “Copper Leaves,” Trevor Lewington's lament for the penny, which had been condemned to obsolescence in the federal budget.
“He got up and started to dance as he was walking me through how he heard the track in his head, and I must say it was hard to concentrate -- it was so surreal, but then you have to snap back into it because you have a job to do.”
This is one of the many great stories you hear when you talk to Wyse, a much sought-after session bassist. Thanks to tight relationships with music producers like Bob Rock (Metallica), Wyse has contributed to recordings from the likes of Jagger, the Cult, Ozzy Osbourne and Tal Bachman.
After many years as a bass man for hire, Wyse has moved front and center with the heavy alternative trio, Los Angeles-based rock band Owl. They have released a scorching new disc, The Right Thing.
Wyse (vocals/bass), Dan Dinsmore (drums) and Jason Achilles Mezilis (guitar/vocals) ignite from the opening drum roll that opens with a rousing cover of The Kinks’ “Destroyer,” which puts a futuristic snarl to the punky original.